Actress, director, producer, teacher, activist - this is how Olympia Dukakis defines herself. The Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning star of such films as Moonstruck, Steel Magnolias, Picture Perfect and the top rated mini-series Tales of the City, Olympia Dukakis is a woman of uncommon achievement and dedication. A 30 year veteran of stage and screen, she also founded and served as artistic director of New Jersey's whole theater for 19 years, and sits on the boards of several influential arts organizations.

Believing deeply in social activism, she is a leading advocate for women's rights and environmental concerns. In an effort to combine these beliefs with her art, Dukakis launched "Voices of Earth," a theater project featuring four actresses who explore the relationship between women and "Mother Earth" from an historical perspective.

Rooted in this social commitment, her lecture presentation looks at life as a journey of growth and possibility, and includes dramatic readings that showcase her remarkable talent. Whether addressing the richness of life after 50, the immigrant experience in America or the thought-provoking relationship between maternal and environmental concerns, her moving performances inspire audiences to reach for new and exciting heights.

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